Beatles By Day

Long time ago when we was fab

Live: Shea Stadium

On August 15th 1965, the Beatles set a world record as they performed in front of the largest attendance of any pop concert. 55,600 frenzied fans watched the band play Shea Stadium, New York City. The Beatles had originally planned on landing on the baseball field via a helicopter, but this idea was shot down by the authorities. They instead travelled to the gig in an armoured truck.

They rushed onto the field at Shea Stadium at 9:16pm to a multitude of deafening screams from the 55,600 fans in attendance. Vox had supplied them with 100-watt amps for the show but these proved insufficient, forcing them to hook their instruments up to the in-house PA system. It was difficult for the group to hear anything with the deafening screams. They could only rely on Ringo's drumming to keep their playing in correct time. 

Ticket cost was between $4.50 and $5.50 and the Beatles earned $160,000 for their 30 minute performance. The show made €304,000 in total, another record for the time; and an example to everyone in the business of the profitability of outdoor concerts. 

 Set list

  1. "Twist and Shout" (excerpt) (John Lennon)
  2. "She's a Woman" (Paul McCartney)
  3. "I Feel Fine" (John Lennon)
  4. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" (John Lennon)
  5. "Ticket to Ride" (John Lennon)
  6. "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (George Harrison)
  7. "Can't Buy Me Love" (Paul McCartney)
  8. "Baby's in Black" (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
  9. "I Wanna Be Your Man" (Ringo Starr) ("Act Naturally", also sung by Starr, played at Shea Stadium and possibly Maple Leaf Gardens shows)
  10. "A Hard Day's Night" (John Lennon, with Paul McCartney)
  11. "Help!" (John Lennon)
  12. "I'm Down" (Paul McCartney)
Paul McCartney and John Lennon at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

Paul McCartney and John Lennon at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

 The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

 The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

 The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

 The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

The Beatles make their way to the stage at Shea Stadium, August 15th 1965.

The Beatles make their way to the stage at Shea Stadium, August 15th 1965.

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965.

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965.

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

Poster for the Beatles' performance at Shea Stadium, August 15th 1965. 

Poster for the Beatles' performance at Shea Stadium, August 15th 1965. 

 The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

 The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

George Harrison at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

George Harrison at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

John Lennon at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

John Lennon at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

Ringo Starr at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

Ringo Starr at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965. 

John Lennon and George Harrison at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965.

John Lennon and George Harrison at Shea Stadium, August 15th, 1965.